Government scraps zero carbon homes
As the dust starts to settle on the Government’s dramatic announcement in the Treasury productivity plan ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’ on the decision to scrap the requirement for zero carbon homes and non-dwellings.
Together with no requirement next year for zero carbon homes compliance, the carbon off setting allowable solutions promoted by the Government has also been scrapped resulting in the overall zero carbon requirement for all new homes next year being removed completely.
The scrapping of the zero carbon target will also impact on non-dwelling developments next year resulting in possibly no further move to make these buildings more energy efficient resulting in scrapping the new Part L document due out next year.
The green deal initiative has also been scrapped by the Government in recent days.
What does this mean to you and future projects being worked on at the present time, quite simply status quo in terms of design compliance with the present Part L as it is presumed that the Part L compliance standards will not be increased next year and for the foreseeable future until the Government feels that house building primarily has started to increase and the existing measures to increase energy efficiency of new buildings has had time to become established.
Notwithstanding the above Government stance there will still be outside influences including BREEAM standards and the Merton Rule to contend with under Planning Conditions for which could still drive up thermal performance, energy use and overall carbon emissions reduction.
The only policy driver for low carbon design on the horizon is now the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which will require the UK to deliver ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ by 31 December 2020 for all new buildings and after 31 December 2018 for new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities.
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